Monday, July 30, 2012

Too Much Online: "Petulant Plutocrat of the Week" @ Too Much Online, Free Weekly, 30 July 2012

James Hagedorn

James Hagedorn likes to fancy himself a CEO champion for common sense on health. A few years ago, his Scotts Miracle-Gro company started firing workers who smoked. People have to become responsible for their own risky behaviors, Hagedorn declared. But not apparently all people. Hagedorn has refused a request from his corporate board to quit piloting his own plane and even admits to catching up on his reading while flying, a real cockpit no-no. Hagedorn also hasn’t much minded putting others at risk. Scotts earlier this year had to pay $4.5 million in fines for two pesticide safety violations. Hagedorn's response? Last month Scotts dumped $200,000 into an anti-regulation super PAC, becoming in the process one of the first publicly traded firms to take advantage of the 2010 court ruling that lets corporate cash go into political campaigns.

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